Arizona Stronghold Dala Cabernet 2012
This wine celebrates the concept of "one," or in Apache, DALA. One planet, one country, one state, one wine, one grape. Winegrowing at high elevations in southeastern Arizona brings us closer to the heavens, roost us deeper in the soil, and connects us to one another.
This elegant wine captures your senses with beautiful aromas of crushed raspberries, eucalyptus, fine cigars and red rock dust. The palate is expressive with ripe fruit, drying tannins and a rich, long finish. This is not a wimpy Cabernet Sauvignon by any stretch of the imagination.
Uniquely Arizona - Our wines reflect our appreciation for the uniqueness of the Arizona earth and the characters that these locations lend to the finished product. We believe that the soils and climate at the vineyard stand up to the finest in the world, feeling strongly that the wines express, first and foremost, Arizona, and secondarily the grapes and hands of the vignerons involved.
From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty United States produces wine—with varying degrees of success. Many of the colder northeastern states focus primarily on American or French-American hybrid varieties like Concord and Vidal, while Muscadine is the grape species of the warm, humid southeast. In Alaska, grapes are grown indoors in greenhouses; other states specialize in fruit wines, like the pineapple wine of Hawaii. New York and Virginia have thriving wine industries, and New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Idaho, and Ohio are all worth keeping an eye on.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.